Currently, local governments must turn over e-mail address to anyone who asks. Earlier this year, theTown of Cary turned over 19,000 e-mail addresses from its database.
Once the e-mails are turned over, the town has no control over what happens to the addresses.
"[It] Seemed to start somewhere around the last campaign season," Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said. "People wanted to use it for campaign purposes and, like you said, there was an individual who wanted to make a point. Now, we're getting random requests."
In a recent survey, 88 percent of people in Cary supported changing the law. Cary leaders say other local governments may join their efforts.